Blackmagic Design Cloud Pod
Blackmagic Design Cloud Pod
Turn any USB disk into network storage!
The Blackmagic Cloud Pod lets you turn any USB-C disk into network storage. That’s perfect when you want to share a media disk recorded on a camera with multiple users on your network. It features a high speed 10G Ethernet connection for extremely fast file access. It’s fast, even with lots of simultaneous users all accessing files at the same time! With Dropbox live sync, files can be distributed between multiple units globally, for very fast local file access, even on lower cost internet connections. Plus you don’t need IT consultants as it’s easy to use. There’s even an HDMI monitor output! Blackmagic Cloud Pod is the perfect solution for sharing files on your network!
Designed for Film and Television
Blackmagic Cloud Pod will transform customer’s work! It’s perfect for film and television because you can record onto USB-C flash disks and then use the Blackmagic Cloud Pod to make the disk available on the network for multiple editors and colorists to use. Depending on the brand of USB-C flash disk used, it even handles massive 12K Blackmagic RAW digital cinema files! USB-C flash disks are amazing because they are affordable, have zero seek times and you can buy them in any office supply store. Dropbox sync allows you to place pods in different locations so everyone can have a fast local copy of their files. Then each location gets the fastest editing experience possible.
Portable and Quiet Design
Blackmagic Cloud Pod features an extremely small and thin design because it doesn’t have any storage internally! It’s also very quiet and very portable! It features two USB-C ports so it can host two separate USB disks on your network at the same time. The 10G Ethernet port means you get extremely high performance. There is also an HDMI monitoring output so you can watch a live graphic view of the storage operating on a TV or monitor. Along the front there is a status light that shows disk activity, so you know when the USB-C disk is being accessed. There’s also a DC power connection so you can use the included power supply, or run it from a battery when it’s used on location.
A 12V DC power supply is included with Blackmagic Cloud Pod. All international AC voltages are supported so you can use it globally. Adapters for international power sockets are also included.
10G Ethernet allows high speed computers to be connected. It’s fast, even when lots of users are connected all at the same time. It’s perfect for connecting to the latest 10G Ethernet switches.
There are two USB-C ports so you can host two disks on each Blackmagic Cloud Pod. Connect any type of USB-C storage, such as mechanical or flash disks. USB-C is also used for settings and updates.
HDMI Monitor Output
The HDMI monitor output lets you see the status of your cloud pod in real time. Simply plug in a TV or monitor. You can see a storage map, speed graphs, sync, active users and power status!
Live Sync to Dropbox
Now you can setup a local cache of your Dropbox files! This makes working much faster because files are instantly available without needing to be downloaded from the internet. Blackmagic Cloud Pod will constantly work to stay in sync. You can save space on your computer by moving cached Dropbox files to the Blackmagic Cloud Pod so everyone on your network can share them. You can even sync multiple Blackmagic Cloud Pods or Cloud Stores via Dropbox so people in different geographic locations can collaborate without latency because everyone has a local copy of the files. That makes it a perfect home or offsite solution.
Add Cloud Service
Make sure your Blackmagic Cloud Pod is connected to the internet. Enter in your Dropbox account details, so the Cloud Pod can gain access to allow sync.
Set Sync Folders
Next you need to set the sync folders. That tells the Blackmagic Cloud Pod where to sync its files to the remote Dropbox. You can have multiple sync folders for different jobs!
Set Sync Direction
Now set the sync direction. One direction is good when you have local files you want to share, but not enough room for everyone’s files. Both directions means everyone gets the same set of files.
Distribute Files Globally
With support for Dropbox sync, you can use multiple Blackmagic Cloud Pod units to share files globally. That’s important when working with large datasets or massive digital film and video files. These files need to be constantly accessed dozens of times a second, so most internet connections are too slow to handle it. While the internet has too much latency to access large files remotely, you can use it to sync these files. Syncing the files to local storage totally eliminates delays in accessing them. That’s because everyone has a local copy of the files on their network. Blackmagic Cloud Pod will constantly sync files, even if your computer is turned off!
Real Time Monitoring
The most exciting feature is the HDMI monitoring output! Simply connect a TV or computer monitor to get a live status of the Blackmagic Cloud Pod! The storage map shows a graphic representation of the memory core and real time read and write access happening for the connected users. It’s quite mesmerizing to watch! There are also graphs that show you the data transfers on the Ethernet connection. The main space indicator shows you the capacity of the two USB-C disks and how much is currently being used. You can also add a custom name to the pod! The status for each Dropbox connection is also shown. It’s even possible to see connected users and the power status.
On the top left you can see the storage capacity indicator. The number on the left is the space used and the number on the right is the total USB-C disk capacity connected to the Blackmagic Cloud Pod.
You can give a custom name to the Blackmagic Cloud Pod so you can identify it on the monitor display and the utility software. To change the name, just use the Blackmagic Cloud Store utility!
The storage map display shows a view of the two USB-C disks. The memory is divided into segments with reads in cyan and writes in orange. The display will automatically adapt when disks are connected.
Cloud Sync Status
The cloud sync status shows each sync folder and its transfers to and from Dropbox. When new files appear in any sync folder, you can see the transfer status as they sync!
You can see each of the connected users and the data transfers for each. However this list will move down if you have more cloud sync folders as the sync folder status is more important!
Cloud Pod Status
You also get hardware status on the lower left side of the display. This includes the cell size for the storage map and the status of the USB-C ports and each disk that is currently connected.
The lower part of the display has the data transfer speed graph. It shows recent read and write speeds for the 10G Ethernet connection. It’s great for diagnosing the Ethernet speed on the port!
High Performance 10G Ethernet
The Blackmagic Cloud Pod has a high speed 10G Ethernet port, which is only found on expensive workstation computers. With 10G Ethernet, you get 10 times the speed of regular Ethernet. Plus most computers can be upgraded to add 10G Ethernet! The Blackmagic Cloud Pod is so fast, it will run the 10G Ethernet port to its maximum capacity. Even when connected to an Ethernet switch with dozens of users accessing files at the same time. The Ethernet also features very low latency for fast access times. That’s similar performance to expensive business SANs but in a low cost design that you can install yourself!
No Subscription Costs
One of the big advantages of the Blackmagic Cloud Pod is that it’s private storage that you fully control. There are no subscriptions to sign up for. There are no monthly license fees. There is no tracking of your usage or data. You don’t even need to log into a web page to maintain the storage settings, because Blackmagic Cloud Pod uses a free to download software utility that runs on Mac and Windows. That means you can run a private network, totally disconnected from the internet. This is critical for many security standards where computer networks cannot be connected to the external internet. With Blackmagic Cloud Pod, you can customize your network storage solution with total freedom.
Free Software for Mac and Windows
When you need to change settings, you can use the Blackmagic Cloud Pod utility that’s available on Mac and Windows. By default, the Blackmagic Cloud Pod is set to DHCP, so you can connect it to your network and start transferring files. In many ways, it plugs in just like a regular hard disk. That means it’s so easy to setup, you won’t need an IT person to get started! However if you want to customize your network, then the utility software lets you change the network settings in the Cloud Pod. The utility also lets you add Dropbox sync folders.
Perfect Multi Camera Video Workflow
Get broadcast quality video workflows by connecting USB-C disks recorded on camera to the USB-C port on the Blackmagic Cloud Pod. This lets multiple DaVinci Resolve workstations access the recorded files instantly, without any file copying! DaVinci Resolve is a free download and allows you to edit and color the camera files. That’s a fantastic workflow solution when using Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, which can record direct to USB-C disks. The camera’s sensor features dual ISO up to 25,600 so you can create cinematic images even in moonlight! So you get a perfect workflow solution for independent film production. Plus Blackmagic Cloud Pod is so fast, it’s perfect for multicam editing!
Exciting Alternative Models
Blackmagic Design has a wide range of network storage options, depending on your needs! The extremely high speed Blackmagic Cloud Store is the highest performance model with extreme speeds. This model features an elegant design that’s high capacity and portable. It includes four 10G Ethernet connections, a built in 10G Ethernet switch, internal RAID 5 protection and redundant power supplies. The Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini is a smaller compact rack mount design that’s more affordable. It features four internal M.2 cards in a RAID 0 configuration so it can sustain the maximum possible speed on its 10G Ethernet port. Both models have Dropbox sync and HDMI monitoring output.